Our next meeting will be next Saturday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office. Hope to see you all there!
Some notes from our last meeting:
Kentucky Equine Survey
If you haven't already, please make sure to sign up to participate in the Kentucky Equine Survey. This is a comprehensive study being conducted to get an accurate count of the equine population of Kentucky. This will help to determine the economic impact of the entire equine industry and provide better information for new equine programs and businesses in the state. The survey will take place this summer, and all horse owners and managers are being asked to participate.
For more information: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey
The deadline to sign up to participate in the survey is Feb. 17 (that's this Friday!) Sign up here: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/signup
Kentucky Proud Program
The Kentucky Proud Program, which assists with marketing of agricultural products, is now accepting applications from horse owners, operators of horse farms and related businesses, and equine associations. The members present at the last meeting voted to submit an application from the BMHA for the Kentucky Proud program. There is no cost to apply, so if you own a horse farm or an equine-related business, this program may be of interest.
More information: http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/kentuckyproud/
Kentucky Horse Council
The members voted to join the Kentucky Horse Council this year as an affiliate organization. The cost is $200, and as that is outside our budget, we're asking members to contribute an extra $20 to pay the cost. This is completely voluntary, but keep in mind that when BMHA is an association member, all of our members automatically become individual members of KHC as well, so it is worth the cost. This year, it will also give us a seat on the newly-created Breeds and Disciplines Council.
For more information about membership benefits: http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/membership-types-costs/
We'll talk about this more at the next meeting, so if you have any questions or comments, please let me know, or bring them with you next week.
If anyone would like to host a future meeting at their home or farm or at a location in their area, please let me know. I know that not everyone can make it to Georgetown, and in the interest of including all members, we are always open to other locations and could even alter the date and time that we meet. In the meantime, if you are unable to make the next meeting but have news that you would like to share, please send it to me and I will pass it along to the group.